The mayor of Paris . . . said she’s going to sue Fox News for reporting on so-called no-go zones in Paris. They’re dominated by Muslims. And police hesitated to go in there. At least that has been the reportage in some places. I didn’t have anything to do with this. But I will point out that the mayor is a socialist. That Fox News isn’t even seen in France, because they block it. So this is just an attention-getter.
Bolded text added to draw attention to this question from O’Reilly to Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg in his Jan. 9 broadcast: “Now, tell me about the no-go zones. Ten percent of the French population is now Muslim and they cluster — a lot of them do — in neighborhoods and French police are afraid to go in those neighborhoods? That’s the no-go zone?”
As Kellogg answered the question, the screen of “The O’Reilly Factor” showed the no-go zone map that so antagonized Parisians of all stripes:
A back-and-forth ensued about these zones, and O’Reilly concluded with this ruling: “It’s troubling when a nation has various neighborhoods that police are afraid to go into. Very troubling.” Anything wrong with that? Not really. As we’ve noted in other posts, there was a lot of talk about “no-go zones” from other precincts in the early days of Charlie Hebdo coverage, including from CNN anchors and guest analysts.
Yet! For O’Reilly to reference the controversial term and then to assert that he didn’t have anything to do with it — that’s deceptive broadcasting. It’s also me-firstism. Who wants to work with a fellow who screams “Not my fault” when something goes wrong at the office?
Moving on to the contention that “they” block Fox News in France, that’s not quite true either. According to a network spokeswoman, Fox News reaches 13,680 homes across France, a country with about 13 million pay TV subscribers. The minimal pickup owes to basic considerations, like the fact that Fox News’s international product broadcasts in English and runs on a U.S.-based schedule, meaning that a French subscriber would be watching morning show “Fox & Friends” with her déjeuner. Fox News is in 103 countries, and it’s not “blocked” in France.